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Sons turn up to claim dead beggar’s Rs 10 lakh

October 09, 2019 06:20 AM

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The five brothers were not in touch with their father for a number of years Vinay.Dalvi@timesgroup.com TWEETS @VinayMIRROR The 82-year-old beggar who was hit by a train last week and who left behind nearly Rs 10 lakh in coins and FDs has five sons, who have now come forward to claim his body and the money. Around 9 pm last Friday, Biradi Chand Panramji Azad was crossing the tracks near Govandi station when he was rammed by a speeding train. He died on the spot. The Government Railway Police (GRP) managed to identify him but when constables reached his shanty, in a slum near Tata Nagar, they couldn’t believe their eyes. The shanty was filled with coins. It took the police six hours to count Rs 1.77 lakh in coins, which were stuffed in six gunny bags. There were also receipts of fixed deposits in various banks, worth Rs 8.77 lakh. The police also found documents that listed his address in Rajasthan. They requested Rajasthan Police to inform the family. On Tuesday two of the sons approached Vashi GRP; the others are on their way. The police said four of them use the surname ‘Talniya’ and one uses his father’s surname. One son lives in Mumbai and the rest in Rajasthan. Azad’s wife Maithidevi lives with one of the son’s family in Rajasthan. “We had not been in touch with our father. I last spoke to him two years ago,” said Savarmal Talniya, who lives in Vikhroli’s Park Site area and works in a furniture company. “We are five brothers: Sukhdevram, Rajkumar, myself, Dharmal and Sarjit. My father last visited our village in Sikar, Rajasthan, in 1998, when my grandfather died. He later had disputes with his three brothers, so he never visited again,” Savarmal said. “When we met he spoke cordially . He was money-conscious. He went to Oman in 1977, saved a lot of money, and bought land in our village. We have a family dispute over that land,” said Rajkumar, the other son. A police officer said authorities will have to make sure that the five really are Azad’s son before handing them the body. “We are not sure why the sons have come now, but we will check all documents first. In the FDs Azad put his eldest son as the nominee,” said Nandkumar Saste, senior inspector of Vashi GRP. GRP officials said if the men cannot give proof of their identities, they would have to undergo DNA tests. “In the meantime we will keep the money sealed ,” another official said.

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